Scooters are enjoyable to ride. In case your scooter fails to spark or your engine frequently stalls, it is a sign that you need a new ignition coil even if the coil is not damaged. Do not let such a simple problem deter you from having fun. Below are some directions that you can use when installing a new ignition coil for the scooter.
- Prepare the engine for installation of the new ignition coil
First, you should turn off the scooter engine ignition switch and also disconnect from the battery the ground cable. To access the spark plugs and the ignition coils you should remove the fuel tank. If need be, you can also remove the seat of your scooter.
- Disconnect the scooter’s ignition coil
The ignition coil has 2 wires, one that goes to the ignition switch and the other to a black ground cable. You should also take off the gasket and the ignition cover plates. The cover plate has reverts that are holding them and should be drilled out using an electric drill. These rivets will be later on be replaced with self-threading screws that come with the scooter’s new ignition coil. Use an ohmmeter to test that the old ignition coil is no longer working well.
- Set out all the parts needed in order from the front of the scooter to the rear
Just like any other motorcycle, scooters also have multiple ignition coils. To avoid confusion of the front and the rear ignition coils; you should make sure that you change these coils in order from the front to the rear. You should remember to mark the wires of the spark plugs that usually connect to each of the coils. This will make the installation of the new coil easier.
- Modification of the connectors as required
Some of the ignition coils usually require a right-angled wire connector so that these wires fit well. Slip and push up the right angled boot onto the wire. Use cutting pliers and needle nose pliers to flatten the ignition wire and open up the copper connectors that were there originally. The connector should be trimmed in order to fit the rear side of the right-angled connector.
- To the new connector, connect the wire
While using needle nose or crimp pliers crimp, fold the connector onto wire of the ignition coil. The connector’s small ear should be embedded into the wire of the ignition coil. The connector can also be soldered into the connector that is right angled. Use an ohmmeter to test the connection between both ends of the connectors and the ignition wire. The ohmmeter will give a zero (“open”) reading in case one coil fails.
- Use right angled boots to cover the connectors
To cover the right-angled connectors, you should slide the boots down the wire. Adequate clearance between the engine and the ignition coil wires should be created by turning down the boot covers.
- Reattach the covers of the ignition coil and reinstall both the fuel tank and the seat of your scooter
The above is a simple procedure that you can use to install a new ignition coil. Why spend money while you can do it yourself?